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Tobacco College: Cigar Rolling

 
TOBACCO PREPARATIONS

Unpacking: Leaves are carefully unpacked from the tercio (wrappers) or bundles and are sorted by quality, type, and size.

Tobacco: Unpacking & Sorting

Tobacco: Unpacking & Sorting

Tobacco: Unpacking & Sorting

Mojo: Re-humidification of the leaves (bundled in gavillas) as they are entering the factory, preparing to be rolled.

Tobacco: Mojo

Tobacco: Mojo

Tobacco: Mojo

Stemming: Finally, the stems are completely removed from the wrapper leaves. Originally, stemming was done exclusively by hand, but now it is commonly done by [hand assisted] machines. Filler tobaccos have already had half of their stem removed – the thicker part of the stem which was closest to the plant shaft. The remaining leaf+stem is called a "pata de rana" because it resembles frogs' legs. NOTE: filler leaves, hence cigars, do contain some stems.

Tobacco: Stemming

Tobacco: Stemming

Tobacco: Stemming

Leaf sorting: size, color, and texture/quality sorting continues.

Tobacco: Leaf Sorting

Tobacco: Leaf Sorting

Tobacco: Leaf Sorting






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